Crazy Jeep Safari Concept At The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari: Photos, Exclusive Video, OpinionsPosted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 13, 2017
The Jeep Safari was one of seven concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The main takeaway with this rig is that it’s a design exercise that is all about bringing the outdoors in while keeping the doors and roof on, with an emphasis on giving backseat passengers a great view. To accomplish this goal, Jeep used a translucent hardtop roof panel and unique “windoors” that are made of lightweight aluminum and clear vinyl. Additionally, the rear seats are rotated outboard, which make it easier for back seat passengers to see outside. The Safari also has a raked windshield, boatsided rocker panels, Jeep Performance Parts Dana 44 axles with lockers, a 2-inch lift, a shorter body length, and 35-inch tires.
Here you can see a collection of detailed photos, exclusive video, and our opinions on Quicksand. Make sure to check out the other six concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to Moab at fourwheeler.com!
Ken Brubaker, editor, Four Wheeler: “One of the key components of a good off-road vehicle is visibility. Ever wheel a rig that has poor visibility from the driver seat? Yeah, it’s awful. The Safari has plenty of visibility and as a bonus the roof panel and windoors keep dirt out. Best of both worlds.”
Jake Headlee, contributor, The Enthusiast Network: The OCD jeeper would love the Safari. Tons of light, super clean, and intensely capable. It’s the perfect Jeep for scenic view wheeling.”
Sean Holman, content director of truck & off-road group, The Enthusiast Network: “This Jeep is not for me. I get what they are trying to do here, and it’s interesting, but it’s trying too hard to be “cool” to the future Jeep customer while making today’s Jeep customer scratch their heads…although the translucent roof panel is something that would benefit current Wrangler owners.”
Rick Pewe, editor, Jp: “While I didn’t wheel it, it reminded me so much of a greenhouse I couldn’t bear to enter it lest I start sweating from the plastic sheets over the exterior. While more of a collection of stock JPP offerings, the Fiat seats and Fiat steering wheel made me keep my distance. This is ’Merica, not Italy.”
Fred Williams, editor-at-large, 4-Wheel & Off-Road: “This has got to be the closest to a nod to the future Wrangler that we’ll get to see at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari. The integrated roof rack, the translucent hardtop panel, the unusual CJ-esque grill, the C-pillars that can be seen through, and the integrated iPad dash navigation all seem like things we’ll see in the future. The recurring B-pillar delete is interesting and I wonder if that’s a thing we’ll someday see since I’ve never been a big fan of the full B-pillar look on the JK unlimited. I dig the color scheme with the day-glow accents and I think the light airy feel of the Jeep is just what Wrangler buyers are looking for.”